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Today’s Top News: GM Plays It Safe with Cadillac Autopilot

Super Cruise’s self-drive mode primarily relies on LiDAR sensors (The Tesla S, X, and 3 models produced since October have none), cameras, and radar sensors. For mapping, Super Cruise reportedly relies on data from GeoDigital, in which GM is an investor, which offers over 160,000 miles of highway data in the US and Canada.

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It makes perfect sense that a liability averse company like GM will play it safe (this is a safety feature, not a novelty), besides Super Cruise was almost ready for release years ago before it would have been considered a self-driving feature. 

Intel plans a test fleet of 100 self-driving cars

It’ll take a while before you see the fruits of this effort. The first vehicles don’t deploy until later in 2017, and the magic 100 mark is coming “eventually.”

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Part of being Intel is doing great PR, like the “news” they would eventually open Fab42 in Arizona. Within two weeks of the big press announcement to spend $7B Intel told suppliers the project was “on hold”. We’ll see how the $15B spend with Mobileye is really used, eventually.

Tesla releases its must affordable car yet but few can buy it –

Once an automaker sells 200,000 electric cars in the U.S., the credit phases out. Tesla has already sold more than 126,000 vehicles since 2008, according to estimates by WardsAuto, so not everyone who buys a Model 3 will be eligible.

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Exactly why you should never sell, or buy a product based on government incentives. None of the major automakers are troubled by this subsidy cap since very few actually want an EV. Tesla changes this.

What, Porsche worry? You bet.

Ultimately, he believes a carmaker offers either an aspirational ownership experience or it becomes just another mobility provider competing on cost. “There is no in-between,” Koslowski said.

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Thilo really highlight some of the crazy changes underway if all the visions of making the car into a “smartphone on wheels” or a “data center o wheels” come true.

Baidu and Microsoft join forces to advance autonomous driving

“We’re excited to partner with Baidu to take a giant step in helping automotive manufacturers and suppliers fully realize the promise of autonomous driving,” said Kevin Dallas, corporate vice president, Microsoft.

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Kevin Dallas was involved in automotive years ago at MSFT, good to see he is still aligned despite the many tumbles the company has taken in this industry.